Boy Scout Troop 725 of Glen Burnie United Methodist Church will welcome two newly minted Eagle Scouts on Saturday with a Court of Honor.
In addition to achieving Scouting's highest rank, Dylan Howell and Gabriel Carter are best friends.
Howell said he's proud of his achievement because it's been a long, hard road. He realizes he's now equipped with skills to help him be a leader in his family, church and community.
The Howell family is active in scouting — Dylan's older brother is an Eagle Scout and his younger brother is not far behind. He is the son of Rebecca and Thomas Howell. Rebecca, who also volunteers with the troop, said her son is witty, kind, thoughtful and spiritually aware.
"The best part of all the fun was finding a friend like Gabe," Howell said. "If I couldn't do something, he helped me and I did the same for him. No matter what life brings, we will always be there for one another and that is what scouting is all about."
Howell was awarded the Buzz Platt youth sportsman award, which is given to youth players in Anne Arundel County Youth Football sports league who display good sportsmanship both on and off the field. He has held a captain role on the Glen Burnie High School football team.
Howell started with Cub Scout Pack 712 as a Tiger, and is now a junior on the honor roll and enrolled in the CAT North welding program. He'd like to study business, and own and operate his own.
For his Eagle project, Howell chose to improve the North Glen Athletic Park by building players' benches for the football field where there had been no seating. He solicited donations to complete the project, and enlisted the help he required.
Carter began with Pack 725 as a Bear, completed his Webelos requirements and transferred into Boy Scouts, where he met Howell. Carter will graduate Anne Arundel's evening high school program this month. During his high school career, he was president for Future Farmers of America and is a member of the National Wild Turkey Federation and the local NRA chapter.
Gabe lives with his father Walter Carter, although Rebecca joked she would claim him as her own. She said Carter is very passionate and protective of friends and family, and always is willing to lend a hand.
"Gabe had some hardships as a young man, and the scouting program kept him from going down a path he should not go," Rebecca said. "It literally has done wonders for him."
Carter also chose the North Glen Park for his Eagle project, with fundraising through The Greene Turtle. He built picnic benches for spectators which are handicap accessible.
Following graduation, Carter is considering law enforcement, trade school for mechanics, or he may continue working for Conveyer Handling Company where he works during the day.
Carter said he gained valuable leadership skills from scouting. He was inspired to choose scouting because his father and grandfather have been and currently are active with scouts, although Gabe is the first in his family to earn the Eagle rank.
"I am also proud to have been able to share this with my best friend Dylan," Carter said. "We help each other with just about everything, and friendship is what really counts the most."
Rejoice Fellowship, 7606 Quarterfield Road, will host its Strawberry Festival 8 a.m.–2 p.m. June 9.
The event will feature cake topped with vanilla ice cream and strawberries, as well as a lunch of hot dogs, barbecue, salads and beverages. Baked goods will be sold, and a white elephant sale and flea market will be held.
Outside spaces will be available to rent. Proceeds will support church projects. For more information, call 410-760-3084 or visit www.rejoiceelca.org.
At the library
Kids can make a handmade gift for their mom, grandmother or special lady in honor of Mothers Day beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Glen Burnie Regional Library, 1010 Eastway.
Need reading help? Practice with a furry friend at Paws to Read beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday. Call for a 15-minute time slot.